Tall claims of Govt to provide deserving attention and required infrastructure to all Tourist spots proved hallow as in Kishtwar existing infrastructure is in worst condition due to callous attitude of concerned Deptt towards these important spots. Kishtwar Development Authority (KDA) was created in September 2005 vide Govt. order No.209-TSM of 2005 Dated 17.9.2005 and finally was constituted in july 2007. The main objective to create this authority was to make holistic and integrated development by creating infrastructure in order to tap vast tourist potential of the area. It’s unfortunate that at present time KDA has become defunct in the area as many fountains which were installed by KDA at various places including Sheedi Mazar Kishtwar, Hidyal Chowk Kishtwar and in premises of TRC Kishtwar went nonfunctional since long but no one take any heed towards its worst condition which gives ugly look to these places.
“If KDA has spend crores of rupees on the construction of these fountains, so why the Authority (KDA) is not taking any concrete steps to make them functional,” said A local Resident Randeep Bhandari. “The authorities should take immediate action to make them functional as soon as earliest before the condition went worst,” Bhandhari demanded.
“KDA is in hibernation because the condition of TRC Kishtwar and it’s lanes are in worst conditions even the bottles of illicit liquor and dumping of garbage is routine in the premises of TRC,” said another resident Shakir Saddiqui. “There are so many hidden tourist spots in Kishtwar which needs proper survey in order to boost the tourism sector of this hilly Distt,” Saddiqui added. When contacted CEO KDA Pawan Kumar confirmed that some fountains are nonfunctional because of shortage of manpower for their maintenance since long and recently higher authorities has directed us to submit action plan of all works for current year. “Due to shortage of manpower at KDA, we are not able to maintain all our assets properly in different places of Kishtwar,”CEO said. “On the directions of higher authorities, we are preparing action plan for all works which will be submitted shortly. Whenever we receive nod from higher authorities, we will start repairing of all nonfunctional fountains”, CEO informed.